[CQ-Contest] The Skimmer Rule Challenge

Mark Beckwith n5ot at n5ot.com
Wed Jun 18 12:50:28 EDT 2008

To: Sponsors

It would be so much easer to follow the "I know it when I see it" rule of 
life.  Unfortunately that does not appear to be workable.  If a definition 
of "Single Operator Unassisted" is required, then I find Stan's definition 
of Single Operator Unassisted to seem like a good definition:
Those stations at which one person performs all of the operating,
logging, and spotting functions.The use of DX* alerting assistance of any
kind places the station in the Single Operator Assisted Category.

More detail:

1.  Single operators are to copy all Morse code signals with their own

Translation must be directly from Morse code audio to written or typed
text by the single operator using the single operator's human brain for
translation.  A code reader or readers or any other method or means that
may be devised to translate Morse Code into text or other visual or
audio translation is not allowed.

2.  Dx alerting assistance is defined as the operator acquiring any
information, by any means, as to a callsign (completely or partially
identified) and/or frequency where a station (completely or partially
identified) is operating without the single operator having first tuned
a receiver to listen and copy the station with his/her own ears.
Mark, N5OT
*Stan obviously wrote this about DX contests, so the "DX" would have to be 
changed to apply to non-DX contests. 

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